Time is going by fast here in Spokane! I am enjoying meeting Shannon’s friends and seeing the places she sees on a regular basis. My favorite site so far? The Davenport, a ritzy hotel in downtown Spokane. Its owner allows the first two floors to be open to the public, so Shannon showed me around the fancy-schmancy lobby, ballrooms, and hallways. We continued our downtown excursion by going to the library, shopping mall, and passing the Bing Crosby Theater. (Bing Crosby was from Spokane… who knew?!)
My adventures have not been limited to hotels and Nordstrom. In fact, one of the most daring things I’ve done since my arrival happened yesterday afternoon while Shannon was in class.
Shannon lives in a house with six other busy college students, which means the cleanliness of their kitchen sink is not at the top of the priority list. I certainly don’t blame them, remembering that I was once a college student who let weeks go by without giving thought to the state of her sink. But yesterday afternoon, while washing out the blender after making a smoothie, my now twenty-three year old eyes couldn’t ignore the soggy onions, crusted tomato sauce, and mildewy washcloths gracing the bottom of the kitchen sink. “Clean me! Clean me!” it cried, and I couldn’t ignore its plea, especially when I thought about making smoothies for the next five days.
I changed my clothes, dug out the cleaners, and started scrubbing. Of course, once I started with the sink I couldn’t stop. The entire kitchen received a makeover with my cleaner, paper towels, and broom. The job was actually enjoyable, besides the fact that I had to dodge around a love-struck pair who came in to “study” together at the kitchen table. I never realized you could hold hands and put ice cubes into cups at the same time.
Now that Shannon is done with classes for the week, the weekend activities begin, which will culminate with the Celtic Woman concert on Sunday. Stay tuned, because there’ll be more on that later!